Game: 2005 Regional Final
Date: 3/26/2005
Teams: Arizona Wildcats vs. Illinois Fighting Illini
Up fifteen points with less than four-minutes to go, Arizona had basically punched its ticket to the Final Four. After a handful of Illinois tray-bombs from Luther Head and Derron Williams cut the lead to five with just under a minute remaining, Arizona went into choke-mode. A Dee Brown steal and layup cut the lead to 80-77 and a subsequent turnover on the inbounds pass left an uncovered D-Will open for three to tie the game. Illinois ultimately won in OT. While many people remember this game as an epic Illinois comeback we remember it is a free-throw rattling, turnover-ridden slop fest for the Cardiac Cats who flatlined in the final four minutes.